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1 Dancing Between the Disciplines: Following the Mobile Bible

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This chapter traces how the Bible, as a historically contingent collection of texts, has been thought with, written with, and constituted differently at different times. It is about imagining and constituting the texts the author has read, acknowledging that the perspectives through which the Bible is viewed influence the expectations and production of meanings from it and with it. Beginning in the eighteenth century (although the roots of these ideas reach back to Reformation and Renaissance notions of how to constitute the authority of the biblical), the Bible's authority begins to be imagined in very different ways. Writers from different theological or critical persuasions demonstrate a number of positions. The Bible is not a thing, but an idea, or rather a constellation of often competing heterogeneous ideas, more or less related to a wide variety of material biblical things.

Keywords: constellation; Mobile Bible; persuasions; Renaissance



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